Saturday, March 16, 2013

I'm bbaaaacccckkkkk! ;-)

Well, mostly. Still find myself drifting a little, but at least I'm motivated to dig in again and get Arlo and Jake moving along in 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Bootcamp', book two of the series.

I'm introducing some new characters that I want to bond with our heroes and share their adventures. They form a 'Triad' in boot camp and compete together, striving to make 'Top Triad' or some such name. I felt the need to broaden the series with some more good guys and some more bad guys.

My favorite series are those where you have a strong hero, male or female (I love the Honor Harrington series, check it out!), who needs the help of other characters who are drawn to his cause. One of the strengths of the Dirk Pitt series, by Clive Cussler, is Dirks interactions with his group of friends, who all have their own story, strengths and weaknesses.

I'm introducing Jake to an Adrian female and a Grockna male to become the 'Tark' triad, together with their own 'partners'. 'Partners' are like Arlo is to Jake. They usually start out as pets of the Recruit, but not always. You'll have to read the book to learn why they choose the name 'Tark'.

There is also a rival Triad that competes with our Tark's all through boot camp. Not bad guys, just there for the same reasons. And they want the boot camp 'Best of the Best' trophy. Of course Jake is not a trophy seeker so this presents some issues.

Well, time to get back to my heroes and get them into some serious training!

Keep writing and move that story forward!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Writing with half your mind...

It's hard enough to push 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Bootcamp' forward when I'm operating on all 8 cylinders (look it up, kids, 8 used to be the 'big' engines, not 4 ;-), but my mind has been spinning around a dozen other ideas, leaving me with only a few to work with.

I've got some good traction on Boot camp, but I need to focus. Do you find it difficult some times to put aside all the other distractions that pop up? They're great ideas and distractions, so how do I manage them?

I know you all have the same problem, and I've talked about this before but this is the first time I've really had to make myself focus on a book. I wonder if it's the self-imposed pressure to finish by the end of the month? Or is it just that the other ideas a so compelling?

So. Here's my plan.
- Finish a chapter on Boot camp
- update my new Magnus Somnium Facebook page
- Finish another chapter
- Pick a story for Analog or Asimov
- Rinse and repeat
- finish Boot camp and publish it

Lame as it sounds, as least I have a plan now!

Wish me luck, Buckoos!